Kathal – A Jackfruit Mystery
The Indian movie “Kathal – A Jackfruit Mystery” is a Hindi satirical comedy film from 2023, written by Ashok Mishra and directed by Yashowardhan Mishra, specifically produced for Netflix. The film was co-produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga, and Achin Jain, with production companies including Balaji Motion Pictures and Sikhya Entertainment. The main roles in the film are played by Sanya Malhotra、Anant V Joshi、Gurpal Singh、Vijay Raaz、Rajpal Yadav、Brijendra Kala, and Neha Saraf. The plot revolves around the mysterious disappearance of two prized jackfruits from a politician’s house! A passionate policewoman launches an investigation, but unexpected turns occur as she digs deeper into the truth. “Kathal – A Jackfruit Mystery” premiered on Netflix on May 19, 2023.
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Kathal – A Jackfruit Mystery Review
The movie “Kathal – A Jackfruit Mystery” is a lighthearted Indian comedy that begins with the theft of two jackfruits from a politician’s home. It brings to light real-life issues in India, such as the trafficking of women, and does not shy away from tackling the unique caste system prevalent in the country. Furthermore, it addresses the corruption and incompetence within government and police institutions, as well as issues related to gun ownership among large families in certain regions. The movie humorously critiques these aspects without hesitation, revisiting them multiple times if they have not been sufficiently lampooned.
Overall, the film somewhat resembles the comedic style of Hong Kong films from the 90s, especially in terms of plot and action sequences. Its deliberate attempts at humor can be quite obvious, yet thankfully, they do not result in awkward moments for viewers. If one were to draw a comparison with a recent film, it might resemble the jovial nature of “육사오”. Of course, the comparison isn’t about who did better, but about the overall mood and style that the film presents to the audience.
The film presents a stark contrast, which may be an intentional satire by the production team. For instance, the area where the police reside in the film is noticeably underdeveloped, with a clear difference between the homes of ordinary citizens, police, and officials. Yet, surprisingly, despite the poor infrastructure, the police have access to extensive criminal investigative tools such as surveillance cameras, cell tower inquiries, and mobile tracking devices. While this disparity may induce a sense of incongruity, it actually reflects the real conditions in India’s remote regions.
In the narrative, apart from the female protagonist, the other police officers seem to create more chaos than order. It’s puzzling how they became police officers—did they just sign up and interview for the role? They don’t appear to have undergone any significant training. In such circumstances, the discovery of the kidnapped girl seems nothing short of a miracle. Initially, it was assumed that there would be follow-up repercussions for the politician’s family after the girl was found, but surprisingly, once the trial concludes, the narrative swiftly moves on. The theft case remains unsolved, with a simple revelation at the end that a monkey was the culprit, stealing the jackfruit and feasting on it atop a roof. With this conclusion in mind, the peculiar discord within the politician’s family seems extraneous.
Finally, there’s a point that piques my curiosity. While the film seems to satirize some contemporary issues in India, the female lead negotiates a promotion for her boyfriend with her superior, which seems to be a form of nepotism. It leaves one wondering whether this too is a part of the film’s satirical commentary.